2 students shot near Chester High School: Police

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Two teens were rushed to the hospital following a shooting near Chester High School on Thursday afternoon.

It happened just before 3 p.m. on the 200 block of West 9th Street near the school.

Police say a 15-year-old boy was hospitalized after being shot multiple times. He was transported to an area hospital where he's currently listed in critical condition.

A 17-year-old boy was also shot in the left foot. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, said police.

Police said both teens were students of the school.

"It's unfortunate that young persons have allowed demonic forces to place weapons of war in their hands," said Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland while at the scene of the shooting.

Kirkland was joined by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Juan Baughn.

"We're going to put a lot of folks in place, we're going to end this," said Baughn.

Both men were in agreement that it's going to take a community-wide effort.

"We need their help, there's no one group or entity that can stop the violence in our community, but if we pull together as one body here in the city of Chester we can combat this violence and we can reduce it dramatically," Kirkland said.

No arrests have been made.

A press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 610-447-8429.
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